Wellness

Nine Natural Face Masks You Can Make at Home

Use ingredients you'd find in your kitchen, like honey, turmeric, and coffee grounds.


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Many of us make an effort to live a healthy lifestyle—we try to eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, get enough sleep, and manage our stress—but have you thought about the other ways you could be impacting your health everyday?

Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. What many people don’t realize however, is that what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, much like the food and drink we consume. As scientific knowledge improves, we’ve learned that we don’t always know how the chemicals used in these products could affect our health in the future.

Luckily, it is possible to find skincare products that are all natural, safe, and made without toxic chemicals. In fact, many of the ingredients that are beneficial for your skin can be found in your kitchen or the grocery store! To get you started on your natural skincare journey, we found nine natural face mask recipes you can make at home.

1. Avocado Face Mask
via Freebie Finding Mom

Rich in antioxidants and oleic acid, this mask is made with avocado, banana, and olive oil. These ingredients moisturize and soothe redness and irritation.

2. Papaya Lightening Mask
via Marie Claire

Grab a papaya at the grocery store and combine it with honey to make this lightening mask. It will also target sun spots and uneven skin tones.

3. Coffee Eye Mask
via the Indian Spot

Caffeine helps cells protect against radiation and the formation of wrinkles, while also reducing puffiness. The coffee grinds are combined with coconut oil to soothe and moisturize.

4. DIY Korean Face Mask
via Style Tips 101

Lemon juice, honey, avocado, and olive oil come together to create softer and brighter skin. The lemon juice provides a dual-action of cleansing while also reducing the appearance of scars and dark spots.

5. DIY Cucumber Face Mask
via Beauty Tips 4 Her

This simple mask uses cucumber to reduce the appearance of oily skin and acne, without drying your skin out. If you have mask leftovers, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

6. Lavender Honey Face Wash
via Living Well Mom

While not a mask, this homemade face wash provides your skin with many similar benefits. Honey is an antibacterial and lavender essential oil helps calm skin, while also providing stress relief.

7. Pumpkin Enzyme Face Mask
via Simply Laura Leigh

With pumpkin pie season quickly approaching, this recipe is a great way to use leftover pumpkin. This fall favorite contains alpha hydroxy acid to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fruit enzymes to exfoliate, and vitamins A and C to soften the skin.

8. Oatmeal Turmeric Face Mask
via Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

Turmeric is a flavorful kitchen spice with added health benefits, but it’s also great for topical use. Mix the turmeric with oatmeal and an oil of your choice and let the mask sit for five to 10 minutes.

9. Charcoal Jelly Face Mask
via The Makeup Dummy

Agar agar powder, made from red algae, gives this unique face mask a gel-like texture. Use this mask to reduce oil and fight blackheads and acne.